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September 2018

Austin Miller | Savannah Smith (Americana/Folk) $5

Thursday, September 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Austin Miller is a singer/songwriter from Orlando, FL. His music has been described as "Americana from someone who's seen almost all of America; heartfelt tunes that lead you into an Iron & Wine / Neil Young - flavored reverie Austin Miller Official Website https://youtu.be/xfiMxFoFDyE Savannah Smith only needs thirty seconds of your time to win you over. In a world filled to its brim with would-be young singer-songwriters, Savannah’s vocal prowess, and her absolute mastery of crafting raw and gritty…

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, September 21 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Family Three are just two guys and one gal who love music. They would describe their sound as "Blindie-Soulk" - Blues, Indie, Soul and Folk. They have been playing some form of music since they were kids, but it wasn't until recently that they decided to take the next step, and are on the journey of finding out what it means to put the passion of music in the front seat.

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Hank and the Skinny III featuring special guests (Pop Soul) $10

Saturday, September 22 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Hank and the skinny 3 Featuring Michael O’Neill Celebrating the release of there latest single Where are you tonight! Michael O’Neill captures the haunted countrified post-punk-pop soul sound like no other; his hypnotic circular chord progressions sprinkled with delicate thoughtful hooks lead you to a misconceived notion that this stuff is easy when it is anything but. Michael is an artist with a deceptively simple grasp of art and its subtle intricacies. On the outside he is rough- and- ready…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, September 23 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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Delphia Cello Quartet (Modern Classical) $6

Sunday, September 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Founded in 2017, Delphia Cello Quartet plays original arrangements of popular tunes.

Music 8-10pm

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Matthew Perryman Jones with special guest Molly Parden (Indie Rock) $8

Wednesday, September 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A performing songwriter by trade, Matthew Perryman Jones is actually a seeker, at heart. With each entry in his discography, his musical and moral compass points toward an artistic horizon he has yet to explore. Sometimes, he turns his gaze to examine his own inner world. Other times, he looks to the inspirations found in the letters Vincent Van Gogh penned to his brother Theo, in the idea of duende as proffered by Federico García Lorca, and in the poetic verses of Sufi poets Hafiz and Rumi.

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The Neighborhood Trio (Groovy Jazz) $7

Thursday, September 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Remember sitting in your living room as kid? The shag carpet tickling the back of your legs. You were chewing on your Marathon bar and sipping from a can of Rondo Soda while watching your favorite TV show…was it CHiPs or S.W.A.T.?… Doesn’t matter they both were great and so was the music in them. The Neighborhood Trio might just take you back to those times with their groovy 70’s theme song inspired tunes, but sorry Rondo is long gone,…

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Ashley Groves | Con Davison (R&B/Folk) $8

Friday, September 28 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A classically trained musician with an affinity for songs of love lost, Ashley’s vocal versatility makes her sound equally at home with the soul singers of R&B and the homegrown folk of Americana. Together with her band of jazz-educated players, she has been playing monthly shows in the Twin Cities area to build recognition and her fan base. She just released her debut album, Bad Idea, in January 2018. Bad Idea showcases the best and worst parts of being in love, from the exciting first sparks of attraction to the despair of love unrequited.

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Sawyer’s Dream CD release party with special guest Justin Law (Rock N Roll) $7

Saturday, September 29 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Sawyer’s Dream is excited to release their long awaited debut cd at the Aster Cafe!

Sawyer's Dream is an all original, 70s vibe rock band with amazing vocals. It’s a modern take on classic pop-rock. Beautiful vocal harmonies soar over a powerhouse rhythm section, while acoustic and electric guitars fill the spaces in between with inventive riffs and sonic colors. Sawyer's Dream will take you back in time, to a place where dreams, nature and human kindness ruled the day.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, September 30 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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Upstate Rubdown with special guest Mae Simpson (Soul) $10

Sunday, September 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Drawing from every corner and decade of America's musical landscape, Upstate has been described as a "hurricane of sound". The unique instrumentation includes mandolin, cajon, upright bass, and alto/baritone saxophone, all fronted by a powerhouse of 3-part female vocal harmony. The band can land perfectly in any setting, from intimate house concerts to prominent festival stages. The material is innovative and forward thinking, but never at the expense of a great hook or a solid groove. Upstate plays music to move your body and soul.

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October 2018

Sam Weber | Lena Elizabeth (Indie Folk) $5

Monday, October 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hailing from the open skies and minds of Victoria, BC, singer-songwriter and guitarist Sam Weber has gone from strength to strength with gigs and EP releases that have caught the imagination of listeners and media across the world. His ambitious, masterful debut full-length album Shadows in the Road is the culmination of years already spent intensely focused on gigging and recording.

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Jacob Miller with special guest Hemma (Indie Folk) $5

Tuesday, October 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A Wisconsin native, Jacob Miller left his hometown for Portland, OR the summer of 2009 via Amtrak; bringing with him only a suitcase and a Fender Jaguar guitar. After just one year in the city - he left to travel North America to study and perform music while working on various farms and ranches between travels. Time spent as a farm hand in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina shaped his devotion to the finger picking style of the region. Playing along with old recordings and locals in the surrounding areas of Appalachia, Miller delved into the inner workings of the music’s style and history.

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JEREMY YLVISAKER and Friends Present: Nights For All Time (Indie Rock) $8

Thursday, October 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Jeremy Ylvisaker is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer who has worked with John Prine, Jenny Lewis, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Andrew Bird, Sandra Bernhard, Damo Suzuki (Can), members of Prince’s New Power Generation, Mouse on Mars, Swamp Dogg, The Suburbs, film maker Chuck Statler ("The Truth About Devolution"), Merce Cunningham dance company, and many others playing on five continents in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, The Cape Town Jazz Festival, The Ed Sullivan Theater (The Late Show with David Letterman), and other television programs including Austin City Limits and the Colbert Report. He composes and improvises a variety of instrumental music, some of which to accompany dance performances such as "Stripe Tease", some of which for use in films such as "Pitchfork Unsung: Dan Corrigan", "Rhythmic" (feat. Andrew Bird), and "Trophy Husband." Some just for listening while you do your thing. And a lot of rock n roll.

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Trevor DeVine & The Immaculate Beings with special guests (Alternative Folk R&B) $10

Friday, October 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

When Trevor DeVine took a leap of faith at age 18 and moved to St. Paul, MN to attend McNally Smith College of Music, he was not aware of the immaculate family he was about to discover. In February of 2015, DeVine formed Trevor DeVine and the Immaculate Beings. After many changes to the band’s sound and lineup, TD and the IB released their debut album “Free” in April, 2017. When McNally Smith College of Music closed in the middle of DeVine and the rest of the group’s senior year of college, a new sense of hope and inspiration bloomed. Spending the following 6 months writing, healing, and creating as a family, TD and the IB has completed writing their sophomore album and will be releasing it to the rest of the universe in 2019. TD and the IB continues to use their music to inspire all people to discover and praise the immaculate being in themselves, help people discover the self love they deserve, and to create a safe sanctuary for everyone with every performance creating a positive and loving live experience.

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Teague Alexy with special guest Sarah Krueger (Rock/Americana) $10

Saturday, October 6 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Teague Alexy is probably best known for his Americana songwriting in the nationally-touring brothers duo Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank. Or, maybe you remember 2004 when Teague Alexy with Medication was filling dance floors around Minnesota, or you’ve heard that Teague is an award-winning author, or that he grew up in a South Jersey rap band.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, October 7 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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Whiskey Rock ‘n’ Roll Club MPLS with special guest Jared Zachary of Buffalo Fuzz (Rock N Roll) $6

Thursday, October 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Whiskey Rock 'n' Roll Club MPLS is another righteous entry in the proud tradition of bands with the word whiskey superfluously in their names!
Although only three pieces, the fuzzed-out rock outfit makes a bigger and badder sound—boogie with a bit of bite—than groups twice their size. The same over-performance also can be said of Whiskey’s end-of-the-night bar tab, making the “Club meeting” live shows a favorite for fans of loud and fast music and bartenders alike.
Whiskey RRC MPLS have opened for national acts at The Turf Club and 7th St Entry, played the Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival, the Stone Arch Festival, SoundUnseen Opening Party, 612 Brewing Outdoor Summer Music Series, Hennepin 5 to 10 Series, and more. Their first single "Let It Ride" has been played on The Current's Local Show.

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Everest album release party with Shawn Stelton & Charley Dush (Rock/Pop) $10

Saturday, October 13 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Featuring band members from the Beatles tribute group, Rubber Soul, Everest captures the excitement and energy of the 60s pop groups with an original, eclectic, and modern sound.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, October 14 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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Hannah Cooper with special guest Adelyn Rose (Folk/Jazz) $5

Tuesday, October 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Bay Area folk/jazz singer-songwriter, Hannah Cooper, creates a sound that defies categorization. With songs that embrace her years of jazz guitar and classical choral training, Hannah employs brave storytelling — delivered with theatrical flair — to engage and delight audiences. Her Minnesota feet first landed in Portland, Oregon, after riding the Amtrak “Empire Builder” out west in 2010. This Fall, her “Empire Builder” tour is a compilation of songs inspired by nearly a decade of living on the west coast. These songs have captured deeply rooted experiences and lessons from her life. Grab a chair and prepare to be transported by stories layered in chords, textures and lyrics. Listeners who come expecting a "just another" singer-songwriter will be simply blown away.

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, October 19 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Family Three are just two guys and one gal who love music. They would describe their sound as "Blindie-Soulk" - Blues, Indie, Soul and Folk. They have been playing some form of music since they were kids, but it wasn't until recently that they decided to take the next step, and are on the journey of finding out what it means to put the passion of music in the front seat.

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M French “Sweet Love” Album Release Show with special guest Julia Christi Ann (Americana) $12

Saturday, October 20 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Singer-songwriter M FRENCH has quickly become a regular on the burgeoning Twin Cities Americana music scene. Known for his positive and uplifting live shows, French's melodies transport and his lyrics tell a story. Our story. A human story. Raised in small town Ohio and now residing in Minneapolis, French released his EP Winding Road in 2016. Building on the success of Winding Road, French's debut full length album, Sweet Love, releases in the Fall of 2018. Sweet Love offers 10 original songs exploring the Americana landscape. Produced by Danny O’Brien (The Farewell Circuit, DEM YUUT), and recorded during the long Minnesota winter of 2018, the tracks provide a sonic foundation built upon catchy guitar hooks, and the blending of pedal steel and synth lines. French unpacks universal themes of love, kindness and community with a conversational lyricism that invites the listener to find themselves in his stories. M French's audiences feel themselves reflected in the warmth of his voice. Not strangers, just unmet friends.

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Todd Kessler with special guest Preston Gunderson (Folk Rock) $10

Thursday, October 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Calling Todd Kessler a singer/songwriter simply wouldn’t do him justice. The rising folk-rock star is the consummate storyteller, with a remarkable ability to take listeners on a winding, wonderful, and introspective journey through the depths of the human experience.

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Mae Simpson with Lena Elizabeth and 3 Minutes to Midnight (Folk/Soul) $8

Saturday, October 27 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Mae Simpson is a singer/ songwriter born in Beaufort South Carolina. From a very early age, she would find herself singing songs that she had never heard, because they were hers. Throughout the years, she has found love in the music that she writes, with passion, soul, and a rawness reflected with each lyric. Today she works with talented hand picked musicians in the Twin cities, hoping to bring soul and female power back to the local music scene. Mae…

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Delphia Cello Quartet (Modern Classical) $6

Sunday, October 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Founded in 2017, Delphia Cello Quartet plays original arrangements of popular tunes.

Music 8-10pm

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$8

ROCK N’ ROLL Masquerade! FEATURING: The Shackletons, Dirt Train, TABAH & Tacky Annie $8 ADV | $10 DOORS

Wednesday, October 31 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Two Stages, Four Bands, HALLOWEEN night only!

Aster Cafe Presents
ROCK N’ ROLL Masquerade!
FEATURING:
The Shackletons
Dirt Train
TABAH
Tacky Annie

Join us for a spooktacular evening of entertainment, featuring performances on both The Cafe Stage and The River Room stage.

LIVE MUSIC! COCKTAILS TO DIE FOR! SEE YOU THERE!

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November 2018

Annie Fitzgerald with guest Jim Walsh (Singer Songwriter) $10

Saturday, November 3 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Annie Fitzgerald’s music has been described as “a blend of Tori Amos’ intellectual appeal, Sarah McLachlan’s mystical charm and Edie Brickell’s baroque spirit” (Jamsphere). Honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as an artist to watch, Fitzgerald released her second album You & Me & the Sun on June 1st, 2018. Produced by Danny O’Brien (The Farewell Circuit, Dem Yuut), the album finds Fitzgerald joining gifted musicians and shaping a textured pop sound mixed with the raw vitality of rock-and-roll.…

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The Melvilles (Folk Rock) $7

Friday, November 30 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

David moved in across the alley from Karl. Steve bumped into David at a bar. David took a job at Dan’s company. Dan told us about a family member of his, Brian, and Brian had been in another band with Jeff. We all write and arrange songs together. The result is a friendly mongrel with a twangy, funky, bluesy, jangly, rock & roll bark.

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December 2018
$25

Live in the RIVER ROOM: Bryan White Holiday Show $25 Adv / $30 Cash Door

Sunday, December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for an intimate night with award-winning country artist Bryan White! Doors 7pm Music 8pm Ticket sales end 12pm noon Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018. Remaining seats and standing room available at 7pm Doors for $30 Cash. NO REFUNDS. NO EXCEPTIONS. SEATING IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. BAR SERVICE ONLY. If you'd like to join us for dinner before or after the show in our Cafe, please make a reservation at 612-379-3138. http://bryanwhite.com https://www.facebook.com/BryanWhiteFans/ Bryan was born in Lawton/Fort Sill,…

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